Originally Posted by btwyx
You never did need any waivers, except for KTVU, or if one of the overlapping stations claimed you (like KSBW in my case). There are/were blanket waivers in place for KGO, KPIX and KNTV. They're not supposed to charge you the $3 for just the HD, if they do (like they did me) its a mistake which can be recified. The HD (out of area, from LA) networks come with the local channels.
Now the new satellite is up, they're advertising real (local, not LA) HD locals for the 4 networks here, but that's a subject for a different thread. You need a new antenna, new receiver, and there's no DVR available to record them. So all in all, just useless. (And I get reasonable reception over the air anyway.)
Thanks! Finally armed with better information, I called DirecTV again. They didn't know anything about blanket waivers, but the previous waiver request I'd submitted for ABC (KGO) had been approved (they just hadn't bothered to tell me or activate it) and for NBC (KNTV) was DENIED (why? dunno, guess I will try calling them directly) and the one for KPIX got lost or something, so they will resubmit. The rep I spoke to today seemed more on the ball, and confirmed that there was no extra charge (contrary to what the last rep told me.)
So, at least now I have ABC in HD, and hopefully at least CBS will come through too. I asked her to request KTVU as well, even though I don't expect them to approve it, figured it can't hurt to ask.